Oil and Gas company and its predecessors purchased methane rights to land lying in the Town of Dryden. The town, seeking to preserve its "rural and small town character", passed a zoning ordinance that prohibits oil and gas operations throughout the town. The company sought to show that the Environmental Conservation Law preempted the local law. However, the Court of Appeals distinguished between the regulation of "how'" activities are conducted vs. the regulation of "where" activities are conducted and upheld the ordinance.
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